Was an Indians usher fired for not wearing an Issue 7 sticker?


Did the Cleveland Indians fire an usher for being unwilling to wear a “Vote Yes for Issue 7” sticker? One specific usher appears to think so.

In a report penned by Vince Grzegorek from Cleveland Scene Magazine, Edward Loomis, a 27-year-old usher who was in the midst of his second season with the team, feels that he was fired due to his unwillingness to support the extension of the sin tax. There are some vague areas of grey regarding Loomis’ story—penciling himself in on the schedule, for instance—but rather than picking sides, we will let you sift through the information that’s been provided.

Loomis, who is 27, worked for the Tribe in the premium seating area since last Spring. He was all set for year two with the Indians when a little stomach bug snuck up on him just prior to the home opener. He emailed his supervisor and let her know he would probably not be available for that first three-game stretch. His illness cleared up sooner than expected and he arrived on April 4, ready to work. His supervisor then instructed him that, although he wasn’t on the schedule, to pencil himself in. He did so and attended the regular pre-game meeting.

Sick employee turns into Wolverine, heals up faster than expected and is ready to work. All good, right? Yeah, not so much.

“I then came in the next day, on Saturday, and I was not allowed in the stadium. If you’re not scheduled, you’re told you’re not supposed to come in, and that made sense to me, since I had previously called off. I was persistent in asking why though.”

Loomis says he had security radio his supervisor twice to ask why he wasn’t allowed in and why the previous day’s arrangement — penciling his name in on the schedule — wasn’t suitable any longer. He had called off, prematurely, but was ready to work.

He subsequently received an email from his supervisor that he was not scheduled to work until further notice pending an investigation about what happened at the gate. Loomis insists that besides being “persistent,” he was not violent or threatening, either verbally or physically, that Saturday.

Yesterday, Loomis heard from the organization again: he was fired. A former coworker was not surprised — he told Loomis he had heard he was fired a full week ago.

The Indians obviously benefit from the extension of the sin tax, thus making it clear why they would encourage (or mandate, which they claim is not the case) employees to support the issue. In the business world, many things that are deemed “optional” can easily morph into “recommended,” which—well—becomes unoffically mandatory. The story of what occurred at the gate on that Saturday is obviously one-sided, and it doesn’t help matters when the team is unwilling to share their side of the story. When Loomis asked for reasons of his firing, but was allegeldy given very little in the way of information and the team, through email, declined to expand on the story in any capacity.

Just like any other man-versus-machine story, it’s easy to side with the individual who is more than willing to talk on his own behalf. Not helping matters is the politically sensitive topic of Issue 7 and the radio silence from the other side.

Then again, who still uses pencils?

  • Dave

    I believe Scene obtained a copy of the usher manual which clearly states the Issue 7 button is a part of the uniform and should be “prominently displayed” . So the Indians obviously lied about that part. I’m not going to assume he was fired for not wearing sticker but it certainly looks bad

  • Woods aka Holdenbeach1

    Sarcasm font on. Between this and the Bernie firing response, where are those pitchforks, we need to march on Public Square! Sarcasm font off.

    The business side of our sports teams is seriously disturbing, and out of whack with reality.

  • Steve

    The extent to which certain parties are taking to help pass the sin tax makes me think it might actually get turned down. A cool $2M spent already according to Belt Magazine, and that’s without having to pay for ads around the Q/Progressive Field or from the announcer’s booths.

  • Sean Morley

    Thing is, the tax is already in place. This is not a new tax, if you’ve purchased alcohol or tobacco in Cuyahoga County in the last 20 years you have already been paying this tax. Voting to not renew it is going to put a few cents back in your pocket… How much beer and cigs do you consume for that amount to make a difference?

    Also, the Q, the Jake, and CBS are already in place and operational… upkeep will still need to be done by the county because they are required to; they own the buildings. But if the Sin Tax isn’t renewed, the money for the upkeep will come out of the general fund which means less salt on the roads in the winter, more potholes in the spring, etc.

    Seems like kind of a no-brainer to me…

  • Steve

    Seems like you know how to regurgitate the propaganda to me.

  • Sean Morley

    Thems called facts Steve… if you have new information that hasn’t been shared with the rest of the public, by all means share it.

    Or would you rather the extra cost be added to your Cavs/Tribe/Browns tickets?

  • nj0

    People who use the facilities paying for the upkeep? Sounds like socialism.

  • Steve

    Its called spin.

    And yes, I would like to see the users of the facilities to be the ones paying for them. That sounds like a wholly reasonable argument you’re making there.

  • Matthew Grant Anson

    I agree with Steve.

  • Mike Stein

    This is the same attitude I take when voting for property taxes. I rent, so it doesn’t cost me anything.

    Seems like kind of a no-brainer to me…

  • MrCleaveland

    The Tribe playing some hardball.

  • MrCleaveland

    Well, except that landlords raise rents to cover increases in their taxes.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Hold on a second sport who are the people to which you refer? The people using the facilities are the Indians. The people who pay to attend are called customers. No?

  • Mike Stein

    Not mine.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Your grandfather can’t afford to pay players how can he afford to solely play for the stadium in which his team plays?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Basements don’t count!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m still undecided I see points on both sides I just don’t look forward to what might happen if the issue fails and the city of Cleveland as the landlord has to bear more of the brunt of paying for it’s facilities. We saw what could happen once I personally do not look forward to repeating any of that debacle.

  • Sean Morley

    The tenants do pay for a whole lot of upkeep. As with any lease, they are responsible for some things and the owners are responsible for others. Talk about listening to the propaganda… I can’t believe the well-read and otherwise very intelligent readers of this blog don’t understand the basics of a lease agreement.

    As an example, the Cavs have spent millions upgrading and renovating the inside of the Q. Not the county, the Cavs… But the Cavs don’t OWN it. I rent, so when my place needs a new roof I’m not paying for that myself, I’m going to ask the owner to pay for it. Why would we expect the Q’s tenants to pay for that?

    Also using the Q as an example – it’s a multi-purpose building meaning it hosts more than just Cavalier games. If I’m Gilbert, why am I footing the bill for capital improvements to the building I lease when many of the benefits will be enjoyed by others that use it? Cleveland wants to host the RNC in 2016 and they need a viable venue to put it in. The city and county have the responsibility as owners of the facility to keep it in proper repair. After all, it is 20 years old…

  • JNeids

    The Indians are showing signs of life for the first time I weeks!


  • Toddyus

    There is a lot of reality in your posts, Sean. The one thing that’s left out, however, is that the sin tax renewal is about more than upkeep. It’s about capital improvements that are not part of the lease agreement.

    I would compare this, for simplicity’s sake, to owning a duplex. You live in one side and rent out the other. However, because of the demands of your lessee (who threatens to move, and therefore not hold up his end of the lease agreement, if you don’t comply) his place is far more improved than your own. To top if off, his lease payments, don’t cover the mortgage, taxes and insurance for his half of the duplex.

    The reason people get upset about this is that Cleveland is, in many ways, an underfunded city especially for projects that are more critical to the public interest, if exceedingly less interesting than stadiums and arenas.

    They also dislike the fact that the sole beneficiaries of these expenditures are wealthy, greedy billionaires, but that’s immaterial to the lease agreement.

  • Chris Mc

    Oh, you work for the Cleveland Cavaliers. I guess I can totally believe everything you say now.

  • Garry_Owen

    Gosh, I don’t know. Seems like if I want to work at Taco Bell and they require me to shill breakfast tacos, I had better shill those breakfast tacos – even if I think they are the worst idea in the history of breakfast and tacos. If I don’t want to shill what’s in my employer’s best economic interests, then I guess I had better be prepared to find different work.

    Shut up; suck it up; and quit complaining.

  • Harv 21

    ” Loomis insists that besides being “persistent,” he was not violent or
    threatening, either verbally or physically, that Saturday.”

    I dunno, anyone else get a little whiff of something like the future former spouse at the hearing on the permanent restraining order? Smells a little fishy to me.
    [NOT a request for fish GIFs. Within 6 months we’ll realize these are a fad we’ll all be embarrassed about overdoing}.

  • Harv 21

    I’m witcha in end of week crankiness, brother. Hey kids! Staying off Garry’s lawn doesn’t mean you get to walk on mine – that’s new grass there!

  • Garry_Owen

    See you tonight at the American Legion. It’s “steak and poker” night.

  • Garry_Owen

    Yeah. Had the same thought.

    “Honest! I really didn’t hit nobody. This time. That stuff with my last job at the Higgly Piggly? Water under the bridge, bro. Water under the bridge. Just ask my old lady. She’ll tell ya. She better, anyway.”

    [Hate to tell you: GIFs have been around for years. They’re not going anywhere. I’ve been waiting for the Facebook and the Twitter to just go away now for years, and am starting to think that I’m going to lose this passive agressive opposition to social media. I’ve decided to give in on the GIFs, though. Or maybe, “GIF” in? Sorry. That was out of line. I like how you’ve cross-hatched your lawn four ways. Looks mighty fine.]

  • Harv 21

    thx for noticing. Always try to do a little sumpin sumpin for fellas puttering by in their kit planes. Sometimes I put out the coordinates on the old ham radio.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Hopefully not the kind of “steak” you serve at Taco Bell!!!

  • Steve

    I think it’s a bit different, and considering the disconnect between why he thinks he was fired, I’d say there’s some gray area to be considered here.

  • Steve

    “Why would we expect the Q’s tenants to pay for that?”

    Because they don’t operate it like you operate your apartment. The Cavs get a sweetheart deal, from rent, to tax breaks, to getting to put Gilbert’s company name in huge letters across the side of a “public facility” for free.

    That the defenders of the sin tax have to go back to the “well you got screwed in the last deal, but it’s still the deal, so too bad” instead of proving why this is a good deal says more than enough about the sin tax.

  • BenRM

    Aren’t breakfast tacos the worst?

  • Guest

    no gifs…

  • Garry_Owen

    In theory, absolutely. I have no idea what they’re like in practice, and will likely never know, as the theory keeps me from the practice.